Escort Kama. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
In the Nollywood series, photographer Pieter Hugoo explores the multilayered reality of the Nigerian film industry, Hugo has subsequently returned to Nigeria to extend and deepen this body of work, and the series have been published in book form by Prestel in October 2009.
Nollywood is the third largest film industry in the world, releasing between 500 and 1 000 movies each year. It produces movies on its own terms, telling stories that appeal to and reflect the lives of its public: it is a rare instance of self-representation on such a scale in Africa. The continent has a rich tradition of story-telling that has been expressed abundantly through oral and written fiction, but has never been conveyed through the popular media before. Stars are local actors; plots confront the public with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. The narrative is overdramatic, deprived of happy endings, tragic. The aesthetic is loud, violent, excessive; nothing is said, everything is shouted.
Tarry King Ibuzo. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
Emeka Onu. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
John Dollar Emeka. Enugu, Nigeria 2008
Obechukwu Nwoye. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
Clinton Ibeto. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
Junior Ofokansi, Chetachi Ofokansi, Mpompo Ofokansi. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
Kelechi Nwanyeali. Enugu, Nigeria, 2009
Chris Nkulo and Patience Umeh. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
Emilia Ibeh, Doris Orji and Sharon Opiah. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008
Azuka Adindu. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008